Just before Christmas, Sophia and I got to play Santa and bring joy to hundreds of kids in Charlotte thanks to Cepia, the makers of Zhu Zhu Pets. As part of the Random Acts of Zhu initiative I was sent 140 Zhu Zhu pets and asked to give them to kids in need. I can’t tell you how happy I was to be asked and how wonderful it was to see so many happy faces before the holidays!
We brought Zhu Zhu pets to The Summit House, to Learn & Explore Enrichment Center and to the Head Start Kids of Charlotte’s Bethlehem Center.
Sophia’s school is in a church. That church also has one of Charlotte’s Head Start programs. Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. It is a fantastic program. There are 4 classrooms at Sophia’s pre-school and they share the gym and play equipment. We see the kids every day but they really had never met. When I asked the director if we could randomly Zhu them she was overjoyed!
The kids were too when we showed up with our wagon!
So we wrapped up 140 Zhu Zhu pets with the help of my neighbors and the wonderful people at the Fig Tree restaurant here in Charlotte, who gave us the help of their whole staff one day and wrapped a ton! It is my favorite restaurant here and there hearts are as big as their food is fantastic. If ever you are in the Queen City – go.
Then Sophia’s 4’s class lined up with our wagon full of joy and went caroling to each head start classroom. We introduced ourselves, sang a carol and then the kids handed out gifts to their new friends! It was a wonderful lesson to our kids about giving and a wonderful thing to bring the kids together. Also – turns out a lot of pre-schoolers want Zhu Zhu pets. They were ecstatic!
I wish I had more pictures for you of the lovely faces but photographs of the kids are not permitted. Believe me, it was fantastic!
I want to thank Cepia and the Zhu Zhu pets for helping me to teach my kids about giving and for providing such a wonderful gift to these kids. It is wonderful to find companies who care and I am really proud to have helped spreasd the joy!
Here’s to a 2011 full of giving to others and realizing how blessed I am to have all that I do.